I am writing to give you an urgent update about events unfolding here in Peru . I have been here in Peru since January to support and help a Peruvian pastor and his church with their youth ministry. The work of the ministry was going very well being involved in the lives of many youth who have a hunger for God.
Then on March 15th, the Peruvian President swiftly lockdown the whole nation without any forewarning. The borders, airports, and just about all businesses were closed. Progressively the lockdown has become more stringent, and quite candidly, the restrictions are becoming more excessive and ridiculous. Despite serving here in a dangerous troubled region of Lima , Peru , and now daily living under a Police State, God has continued to give me a heart to reach individuals for Christ. Whenever possible, I try to make legal reasons for why I need to be out on the streets, so that I can be near people. God brings into my path individuals who I get opportunities to share Christ and His gospel. I have been nearly arrested two times, but God both times showed me favor, and always gives me great grace. I have witnessed one-on-one with over one-hundred people, and God has given me the honor to see three individuals call upon Christ for salvation.
I share these testimonies not to seek sympathy. God on a multiple occasions through His Word has encouraged me to be courageous and do my simple part--that is to merely walk on streets, pass out tracts and spark up conversations. God has promised through His Word to me that He will do His part to bring into my path people; and He is! Jesus Christ is faithful!
Now is the time for the church to rise up like no other time before and lovingly confront people about sin, righteousness and judgment. People need Christ, and we are ever so much closer to the rapture. The harvest truly is plentiful, and God desires us to get involved and preach Christ right now.
My heart is to stay here in Peru and finish the work that I had hoped to do more of here. But with the hysteria of Coronavirus and government takeover, at this time, my Pastor, Stan Slabaugh, and I both believe it would be best for me to return home to America . However, I have a few problems that I beg you to spend time in pray for me.
First, I have been stuck here in Peru. The Embassy has slowly evacuated over 5,000 Americans, and for whatever reason, I still have yet to be evacuated. And today was supposed to be the last of evacuations. However, the Embassy said that a private airline company wants to try to fly more Americans to Miami , Florida this Wednesday for an outrageous price of $850. If I don't get chosen for this flight, the Embassy has explained that some time in the future they will try to make other evacuation arrangements. Whatever happens the Embassy has explained that I will need to reimburse the U.S. government for the evacuation costs. This could be as much as several thousands dollars.
My home church in Columbus , Ohio is going to try to raise $300 to $500 to help me. To which I am very grateful. I also have created a GoFundMePage which has thus raised $480.
Please if you would daily pray for me, I sincerely need your prayers. Secondly, if you or anyone you know would like to financially help me, there are several ways you can donate. You may donate at my GoFundMe page:
Or you may mail a check to my church:
Bible Baptist Church
2758 Home Road
Grove City , Ohio 43123
(earmark for Lawrence Bowman)
Or you may donate at my ministry's website www.OrphanFrontier.org/donate.
If you have any questions, you may call my pastor. Or you can contact me on Facebook. I try to regularly post updates and pictures also.
I sincerely thank you for your prayers, kindness, and generous help!